The origin of Camellia hiemalis is unknown, however, rather than a separate species it is believed to be a natural hybrid between spring flowering c.japonica and autumn flowering c.sasanqua. It has been crossed, selected, and propagated for such a long time that no one bothers to insist of the “x” for a hybrid in its name.
It makes small, yet very pretty flowers of rich purple pink colour with numerous yellow stamens in the centre. After a long and warm summer they may come out from early winter if there is no frost and the weather is relatively warm, otherwise they wait until late winter when they bloom for 6-8 weeks if the shrub has produced enough buds.
‘Kanjiro’ is an upright to arching, evergreen shrub with ovate, glossy, dark green leaves and lightly fragrant, semi-double, reddish-pink flowers from late autumn into winter.